Professional Support (Defence & Security) Analyst

Your challenge

Help make the UK a safer place by joining PA’s Professional Support Team (PST).  

Apply your people skills and collaborative style to work closely with both your PST subject matter expert colleagues and MoD client teams, and your natural curiosity, initiative, and proactive problem solving to some of today’s most complex programmes in the Defence and Security sector. 

Learn ‘Best In Class’ methodologies that are inter-related, i.e. successful Approvals relies on a robust Requirement and is supported and delivered by effective Project Controls (PST’s three specialisms). Operating in one of these pillars within a project team can lead to opportunities for you in the other two, such as supporting requirements development on future missile systems, delivering complex business transformations across various platforms and advising and supporting some of the largest acquisition approvals. 

PST at PA Consulting Group

PA’s new approach to major project approvals is based on systems engineering principles. The PST, established in 2014, delivers a coherent and robust set of evidence to underpin business cases. The four stage approach – based on standard templates and tools - provides consistency, control and coherence in evidence generation. 

The PST has already contributed towards significant cost efficiencies within the Ministry Of Defence and helped deliver some of the largest complex projects within this sector. Highlights include working with teams such as the UK Military Flight Training programmes, air to air missile procurements and Defence Infrastructure Organisation Approvals management. 

The PST allows PA to expand its successful consultancy business into new, interesting segments of the market where conventional consultancy is not competitive. It reinforces PA’s approach of not only providing solutions but also delivering alongside the client during extended implementation. Due to its enormous success the team has doubled in size year on year. 

Your role in PST

We will help you develop skills in one of the three key pillars of the PST: Approvals and Business Cases, Requirements Engineering and Project Controls. We will support you to gain experience of these skills and to go on to define your specialisms for the future. You will receive development training and have the opportunity to work toward industry recognised qualifications. In due course you may want to develop your expertise in other sectors and services in PA, including the possibility of switching sectors and service lines.

These Bristol-based roles start in September 2017 (there may also be some opportunities to start in March 2017). The PST’s growth is expected to see it become established in other UK locations in addition to the existing Bristol hub. Whatever the location, your place of work is very likely to be within a comfortable daily commuting distance.

Your career development is a core aspect of working within the PST and if voluntary wider mobility is required then your travel and subsistence will be promptly reimbursed.

Job Requirements

What you'll bring to the PST:

  • A 2:1 degree or equivalent in relevant nationally-recognised qualifications or high-quality experience 
  • Experience in Engineering, Maths or Business Management preferable
  • An ability to excel and support others to do the same
  • Initiative, ambition and curiosity, including examples of proactive problem solving
  • Strong team and interpersonal skills

Due to the confidential nature of the MoD working environment it is essential for you to have an existing unconditional right to live and work in the UK. Please note that a willingness to obtain SC Clearance is required for these roles. Also, some assignments will require sole British National status.

About PA Consulting Group

We are the consulting, technology and innovation firm that uses constant curiosity and ever-evolving expertise to make a lasting impact on the world. We are PA Consulting Group. Specialising in technology and innovation, management and IT consulting, our employees operate globally across a wide range of sectors, delivering practical solutions that make the difference for our clients.

Getting exceptional results that have a lasting impact on businesses, communities and individuals is what we do. And finding fresh angles, exploring new avenues and following the unconventional path is how we do it. We are solving some of the world’s most complex problems. But where others settle for off-the-shelf solutions, we approach each challenge with fresh eyes, unconstrained thinking and a perfectly balanced team of experts handpicked for the task.

We believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and seek to employ people with different ideas, styles and skill sets, each able to contribute in unique ways.  This diversity engenders a richer, more creative environment – one in which our people develop and clients are served better. We are committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely on the basis of their ability to contribute to PA’s objectives, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

Join us and make the difference with your career.

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